2011: Another deadly year for civilians in Afghanistan

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2011 marks the fifth year in a row that civilian casualties have increased in the armed conflict in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

An annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict shows an 8% increase in civilian deaths.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The UN says that over the past five years, the number of Afghan civilians killed in armed conflict has increased each year.

UNAMA documented 3,021 civilian deaths in 2011 compared with 2,790 in 2010 and 2,412 in 2009.

Anti-government elements caused the most Afghan civilian deaths in 2011, through the use of improvised explosive devices and frequent suicide attacks, the report says.

Despite an overall decline in the number of civilians killed by Pro-Government Forces, civilian deaths by aerial attacks rose.

UNAMA says that since the conflict began in 2007, a total of 11,864 Afghan civilians have died.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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